Come and see a room full of 1 million marbles! Explore over 35 rooms full of toys, games and miniature items. Learn about mechanical toys – the old kind that didn’t need batteries! This is a great place to see dollhouses, trains, teasets & planes.
Before Your Visit:
- Read a great book - here's two:
In "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life", Jeremy and his friend both have unique collections. "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years" is a story about a doll and the many places she lives.
Explore Toy & Miniature Museum:
Miniatures are created as a small replica of a real item. Which miniatures in the museum do you think are most unique? Consider the miniature of the log cabin that Abraham Lincoln was raised in – how is this more impressive than a regular dollhouse?
Do you have an American Girl Doll? Or another favorite doll? Make sure to check out all the various types of dolls that the museum has on display: paper dolls, china dolls, cloth dolls, and baby dolls. There’s also a nice exhibit of dolls from other countries.
The museum has one of the largest collections of marbles in the world – 1,000,000! Visit the Marble Room to play games and view the collection.
View some of the mechanical toys – we have so many electronic toys and items now that many kids have never seem a true mechanical toy (one made from metal and not plastic).
A must is finding the microscopic viewer that shows the Lord’s Prayer painted on the head of a pin! The fleas are cute too :)
Don’t forget to pick up a museum Scavenger Hunt guide and go on a hunt during your visit.
Learn About Toys & Collecting:
- Visit the Classic Toy Museum online to learn fun facts and the history of classic toys.
- If you don't have a collection, think about starting one (ideas: stamps, coins, bottlecaps, sports cards, etc.). If you do collect something, add to your collection.
- Learn about toys and science in this fun book:
- Visit Moon Marble to learn how to play marbles, and watch glass marbles being made.
- Ask your grandparents and parents if they have any old toys packed away.
- If you're interested in finding old or antique toys, visit one of the antique malls in Kansas City.
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